THY WIFE SHALL BEAR THEE A SON
SCRIPTURE Genesis 21:2, 25:21, 30:22; Judges 13:2; 1 Samuel 1:19-20 21:2. For Sarah conceived,…. 25:21. And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 30:22. And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 13:2. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 19. …And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. 20. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived….(KJV)
Luke 1:13, 2 4 13. …and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 24. And after those days his wife conceived,… (KJV)
Related Scripture: Mary 3:10-11
DISCUSSION: Note that God is always punctual to his time: although his promised mercies come not at the time we set, they will certainly come at the time he sets, and that is the best time. It wasn’t by the power of common providence, but by the power of special promise Isaac was born. Note: True believers, by virtue of God’s promises, are enabled to do that which is above the power of human nature, for by them they partake of a divine nature. (1=38)
When Sarah heard the angel’s message to Abraham she was shocked and laughed. Her plight was poignant. She had ceased to be in the manner of women,” and she asked “After I am worn out, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” (1=38)
REFLECTION: Surprise, Sarah! God has good news for you!
Likewise, March 17, 1997 was a good news day in our family, as was a day in May 1971 a good news day.
After much struggle and fear, Sandy and Greg announced that they were with child—evidenced by Sandy’s physical symptoms and a home pregnancy test.
After struggling with a lengthy infertility problem Monte and I discovered we were with child in the spring of 1971 was the time .
Both news announcements were preceded by many prayers and much lost hope along the journey, and followed by much rejoicing and the joys and struggles of raising the children into healthy, law-abiding/Lord-abiding adults.
However, while I was experiencing infertility I had to come to terms with the fact that I might never bear a child. I began seeking what the Lord’s direction was. I’d always hoped to adopt a child, and my husband and I did so. Your decision might be to remain childless. It might be to give hope and love to children already born. Whatever your decision, keep the Lord in your plans, enabling him to provide the best for you.
PRAYER: Thank you God, for answers to the prayers of Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, Carolyn and now Sandy, answered prayers that allowed each of us to join the long line of women who experienced infertility, suffering heartaches in their journey to participate in one of woman’s greatest gifts: bearing one of your precious children. And bless each woman suffering from infertility with an answer that will edify and uplift them.